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Discourse 6 - The Path of Salvation

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:18

Three advices

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

Hadhrat Uqbah bin Aamir (radhiyallahu anhu) once asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam):

ما النجاة

“What are the means of gaining salvation?”

أملك عليك لسانك و ليسعك بيتك و ابك على خطيئتك

“Control your tongue, let your house be sufficient for you and cry over your sins.”

This was the salient advice presented by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

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Discourse 7 - The Importance of I`tikaaf

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:54

Insaan – The paragon of creation

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

If a riot breaks out and people are wantonly slaughtering each other and, in this dismal state, a government official provides us sanctuary in his house, is this not a great favour of his? Here, (on the occasion of i’tikaaf) Allah Ta’ala has given us sanctuary in His house. This is indeed a great favour of Allah Ta’ala. It is obligatory upon us all to express our gratitude to Him. Undoubtedly, Allah Ta’ala has greatly favoured us.

Firstly, He has created us purely out of His grace. Had He not created us we would have been non-existent, worthless. Secondly, He created us as human beings. Animals such as donkeys, dogs, cats, swine, snakes, scorpions, etc., are also His creation, but Allah Ta’ala has created us human beings. If He created us as snakes or scorpions, what would have happened to us? The moment somebody sees us, he would either run away from us or rush forth to kill us.

If He created us as donkeys, heavy burdens would have been placed on our backs. If He created us as oxen, we would have been toiling endlessly away in the fields. No! Allah Ta’ala has created us as man, who is the best of creation, and Allah Ta’ala continuously showers His favours on us at all times. But alas, we don’t give any thought to this by pondering over these favours. Expressing gratitude to Allah Ta’ala is an alien concept for us.

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Discourse 8 - The Manner of attaining Taqwa

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 06:34

The manner of attaining taqwa

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur’aan:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّـهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

“O Believers! Inculcate taqwa and remain with those who are truthful.” (at-Toubah:119)

In this aayat, the believers are addressed and instructed to adopt taqwa and remain in the company of the truthful.

What is Imaan? What is taqwa? What is truthfulness?

Imaan means to believe wholeheartedly in the laws revealed by Allah Ta’ala and accept the complete teachings of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), having ultimate reliance on Him. After accepting these two beliefs, we must now resolve to live our lives according to these beliefs. Imaan does not merely mean to know the truth. Even the disbelievers acknowledge the truth. Allah Ta’ala states in the Qur’aan:

وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُم مَّن نَّزَّلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ مِن بَعْدِ مَوْتِهَا لَيَقُولُنَّ اللَّـهُ قُلِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّـهِ بَلْ أَكْثَرُهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ

“And if you ask them (the disbelievers) who created the skies and the earth, they will most certainly reply, Allah!” (al-‘Ankaboot:63)

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Discourse 9 - The passion of our Akaabir for Deeni knowledge

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 06:36

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم

The buzurg and the yogi

A buzurg, who lived in Delhi, trained his disciple in the field of spirituality. The buzurg prescribed various azkaar and other rigorous spiritual exercises for. When the disciple attained competence in this field, he sent him to Multan to preach Islam. The disciple set off with great fervour, zeal and enthusiasm. Whilst on his journey, he reached Paanipat, which was on the way to Multan.

In Paanipat, there was a yogi who used to spiritually attack the hearts and the Imaan of Muslims passing by. This yogi could perform supernatural feats. Thus, when the disciple neared Paanipat, the yogi became aware of it and launched an attack on his heart but failed dismally. The yogi confronted the disciple, and asked: “Who are you? Where are you going? What do you say?”

“I am a Muslim. I am going to Multan and I say La ilaaha illallah.” When the disciple said, “La ilaaha illallah,” he focused on the yogi’s heart resulting in him becoming insane. The yogi fled in haste and advised whomever he met, “Do not go there! Do not go there! There is a Muslim who is reciting La ilaaha illallah. Do not listen to this La ilaaha illallah of his.”

Hence, this very person, who tried to become an obstruction to Deen, became a means of spreading the kalimah.

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Discourse 10 - The Rights of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:28

نحمده و نصلي على رسوله الكريم ، أما بعد :

أعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم     بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا

Shower of love

To recite Durood upon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) once is fardh-e-‘ain (obligatory upon every individual). Ulama are unanimous on the opinion that to recite Durood once in a lifetime is fardh-e-‘ain due to the command of the Qur’aanic aayat. Thereafter, to recite Durood whenever one mentions or hears the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is waajib.

There are two views of the fuqahaa concerning reciting Durood Shareef if Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) blessed name is repeated several times, for example in a bayaan or in a lesson of hadeeth. One view is that to recite Durood once is waajib. {Similar to performing only one sajdah-e-tilaawat when reciting an aayat of sajdah several times.} The second view is that it is waajib to recite Durood every time the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is mentioned.

There is leniency in the first view, whilst caution is being exercised in the second view. However, the dictates of reverence should ensure that Durood be recited every time the name of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is mentioned.

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